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Greens Dal

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Ingredients

  • Uncooked masoor dal – 1/2 teacups
  • Greens (palak, methi and coriander) – 2 cups
  • Onion – 1 chopped
  • Cumin seeds -1 tsp
  •  Amchur powder -1/2 tsps
  • Chopped tomato – 1
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 3/4 tsp
  • Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

To Be Ground into a Paste

  • Cloves garlic – 6
  • Green chillies – 6
  • Ginger – 25 mm. (1″)

Method

  • Cook the dal separately with 2 cups of water.
  • Heat the ghee on a tava, add the onion and cumin seeds and fry for at least 2 minutes.
  • Add the cooked dal, the greens, amchur powder, tomato, turmeric powder, chilli powder, paste and salt and cook for a few minutes.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Leafy greens are packed with folate. Folate is required during early pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects.
  • Spinach is another must-have food item during pregnancy. It contains fibre, manganese, iron, vitamin A, C and K.
  • In this dish, the spinach leaves in combination with methi and coriander leaves provide rich supplies of vitamin A. This vitamin boosts the immune system, improves vision and nourishes the skin of a mum-to-be and her baby as well. The masoor dal which is cooked with the greens is loaded with proteins and contains a good amount of potassium and iron – both essential for a healthy pregnancy.

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